Learmonth Dalrymple Storyboard

Learmonth Dalrymple Storyboard

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  • We need a girl high school!
  • Their family emigrate to Wellington and sailed on the Rajah from England in 1853. The trip was an eventful one, as they encountered a pirate ship. 
  • Learmonth Dalrymple then left Wellington and kept a house at Kaihiku in South Otago and established the first Sunday School in the district.
  • In 1863, she started campaigning for a Otago Girl's High School, providing the brains and organisation for the movement while Major Richardson did the talking in public.
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  • The same year she led a successful campaign to persuade the new University of Otago to admit women as students. It was the first Australasian university to do so.
  • In 1881, she moved with her father to Feilding, to meet her brother John Dalrymple. She remained there after her father's death the next year.
  • Her health and memory began to fail and she returned to Dunedin. She died at Ashburn Hall, Dunedin, on 26 August 1906, but buried at Palmerston North.
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